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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of West Virginia

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Two sentenced for cocaine trafficking

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – Samuel J. Pete, 29, of Youngstown, Ohio, and Patrick A. Groves, 24, of Wheeling, were sentenced today for distributing crack cocaine near a protected location, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced.

An investigation by the Marshall County Drug and Violent Crime Task Force and the Ohio Valley Drug and Violent Crime Task Force revealed that Pete and Groves sold crack cocaine in July 2014 near a protected location. Both task forces are HIDTA-funded initiatives.

The defendants each pled guilty in December 2014 to one count of “Distribution of Cocaine Base Near a Protected Location.” Pete was sentenced today to 60 months in prison. Groves was sentenced today to three years of probation.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert McWilliams prosecuted the case on behalf of the government.

Senior U.S. District Judge Frederick P. Stamp presided.

Updated January 8, 2016